FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (IM) will use aerial drones to inspect transmission lines in portions of our service area beginning Monday, April 15.
The drone inspection of wires and poles takes place in Allen, Adams, Jay and Randolph counties. These inspections help IM to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the area’s transmission system. Inspections are scheduled to continue for about 3 weeks, depending on weather.
IM has contracted Asymmetric Technologies to manage these aerial inspections. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensed operator will pilot the drone, assisted by a camera operator/inspector on the ground. Inspection teams will follow FAA rules requiring the pilot to maintain line of sight to the drone at all times. The inspection team will travel along the rights-of-way to access the transmission lines.
The aerial drone will follow transmission lines for extended periods of time to capture high-resolution images of